Slow Cooker Tomatillo Shredded Chicken or Pork for Tacos/Enchiladas/Burritos (and tamale pie!)


Tom’s uncle grows tomatillos in his garden and we have been gifted with a LOT of them over the past couple of months (Thanks, Ralph!). I’m certainly not complaining because as you can probably tell if you’ve been reading for a bit, I’m a big fan of tomatillos.

We do some sort of shredded meat for Mexican fare pretty often in this house. The kids go nuts for it and we love it too, of course. If it’s not beef, then we use chicken or pork and do anything from serving it burrito-bowl style on top of lime rice or quinoa with lots of garnishes, tostadas with baked corn tortillas, or soft tacos. I make the braising sauce the night before (and you can even go ahead and put the chicken with the sauce in the bowl of your crockpot and refrigerate it overnight), so there is nothing to do in the morning but turn on the slow cooker.

You could use jarred salsa, of course, but when making a braising liquid is this easy, why not give it a try? All you need to do is throw some stuff on a broiling pan, broil it, and puree it in the food processor. As my 4 year old would say, “easy peasy lemon squeezy.”

Oh! And in an effort to make this time-sensitive since everyone else is posting Thanksgiving fare (whoops!), you could totally use the sauce on top of leftover turkey, just simmer it for a short amount of time to absorb it or just mix the two together and make the tamale pie below.

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Shredded Chicken or Pork for Tacos/Enchiladas/Burritos (and tamale pie!)

  • Homegrown tomatillos?! I wonder if you can grow them in the northeast. I’m setting my mother-in-law (future, anyway) on it for next year. Sounds like the perfect tamale pie mix-in!

    • Christen

      Tomatillos grow amazingly well in the NE! I grew some from seedlings in Buffalo last year, and they were HUGE. So glad to run across this recipe, as I still have a freezer-full! You do have to plant at least two, for cross-pollination.

  • Looks amazing!

  • Wow this would make a great filling for an omelet too. Lots of uses for this yummy
    chicken/pork with home grown tomatillos no less. What a treat.

  • Considering your slow cooker shredded beef for tacos, burritos, etc. is one of my favorite foods ever, I may need to try this one, and soon!